Sleep apnea 
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 Sleep apnea

I have just undergone a sleep study and have been diagnosed with severe
obstructive sleep apnea.  A CT scan of the nasal area was also done, and
leads my physician to believe that surgery has a less than 50% chance of
being effective.

The recommendation at this time is to use a CPAP machine.  This was done
for the later half of the sleep study, and proved to be effective.  

I guess I have known that I have the disorder, but had never given it
much thought.  The heavy and persistant snoring along with the "really
scary" delays in breathing caused my wife to force me to look into it.

I don't relish the thought of a face mask every night of the rest of my
life, and would like to seek other information on sleep apnea.  I have
the CT scan and sleep study reports.  If anyone can point me to
alternatives and/or additional information, I would be very grateful.

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Wed, 28 Jun 1995 04:30:27 GMT
 Sleep apnea

Quote:

>I don't relish the thought of a face mask every night of the rest of my
>life, and would like to seek other information on sleep apnea.  I have
>the CT scan and sleep study reports.  If anyone can point me to
>alternatives and/or additional information, I would be very grateful.

Lose weight.   (Hmmmm, maybe that CPAP mask doesn't look that bad after all...)

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Steve Dyer



Wed, 28 Jun 1995 07:18:05 GMT
 Sleep apnea

Quote:


>>I don't relish the thought of a face mask every night of the rest of my
>>life, and would like to seek other information on sleep apnea.  I have
>>the CT scan and sleep study reports.  If anyone can point me to
>>alternatives and/or additional information, I would be very grateful.

>Lose weight.   (Hmmmm, maybe that CPAP mask doesn't look that bad after all.

Weight is often not an issue. With many it is the structure of the lower
jaw.


Wed, 28 Jun 1995 19:55:03 GMT
 Sleep apnea
Sleep apnea is a lot worse than the treatment. It leaves you tired,
disfunctional, depressed, {*filter*}ly deprived, irritable; it can kill you; it
can wreck your marriage, your career, all your relationships. A face mask
with a blower attached is a nuisance, sure, but you only notice it while
yhou are going to sleep or waking up. Maybe 15 minutes out of your day. And
you have to maintain it, keep it clean etc. There's a lot more to recovery
from sleep apnea syndrome that even your doctor won't have the time to tell
you. If you'd like to know, email me your address and I'll mail you a flyer
about a book called Phantom of the Night which tells all the alternative
treatments and mainly how to make the CPAP treatment succeed. And good luck
with your treatment! You don't know how lucky you are to have been diagnosed.

Quote:


>>>I don't relish the thought of a face mask every night of the rest of my
>>>life, and would like to seek other information on sleep apnea.  I have
>>>the CT scan and sleep study reports.  If anyone can point me to
>>>alternatives and/or additional information, I would be very grateful.

>>Lose weight.   (Hmmmm, maybe that CPAP mask doesn't look that bad after all.
>Weight is often not an issue. With many it is the structure of the lower
>jaw.

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Jerry Halberstadt       New Technology Publishing, Inc.
POB 9183: c/o Mailboxes Etc.(#110)
955 Mass. Ave., Cambridge MA 02139 USA



Sun, 02 Jul 1995 12:34:33 GMT
 Sleep apnea

Quote:

>I don't relish the thought of a face mask every night of the rest of my
>life, and would like to seek other information on sleep apnea.  I have
>the CT scan and sleep study reports.  If anyone can point me to
>alternatives and/or additional information, I would be very grateful.

If you are obese, losing a significant amount of weight is quite
likely to improve the situation or even cure it entirely.  Otherwise,
unless you have large tonsils, I suspect the CPAP is the best option.

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Tue, 04 Jul 1995 00:58:47 GMT
 
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